News: Jake Dowell has been assigned to AHL Iowa. Analysis: Jake Dowell, who will return to Iowa with 17 points in 54 AHL games to date, remains a candidate for recall if the Wild require added depth up front as the playoffs progress.
News: Brenden Dillon (lower body) wasn't on the ice for morning skate Wednesday and looks like a game-time decision for Game 1 against the Ducks, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Brenden Dillon was considered likely to play in Game 1 as recently as two days ago, but his inability to participate in practice since that time now has him looking questionable at best. The uncertainty of his injury situation probably makes him a defenseman to avoid in playoff pools.
News: Kari Lehtonen will be in the crease for Game 1 of the Stars' first-round series with the Ducks, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Frankly, it would be more surprising if Kari Lehtonen didn't make the start for every game throughout the playoffs than if he did. The Stars will lean heavily on their netminder as they return to the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.
News: Corey Perry was credited with an assist during the first period of a 4-3 defeat of the Stars in the opening game of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Wednesday. Analysis: Corey Perry has had a phenomenal regular season and hopefully Game 1's assist is a sign that the postseason will be a continuation of that high level of play. The Ducks will need this to be the case, especially if Wednesday's injury to teammate Ryan Getzlaf turns out to be serious.
News: Mathieu Perreault scored a power play goal late in the first period of a 4-3 defeat of the Stars on Wednesday. Analysis: Although the has defintely cooled since the end of March, the Ducks nonetheless have to be happy to see Mathieu Perreault already make an impact so early in the playoffs.
News: Kyle Palmieri scored the opening goal early in the first period of a 4-3 victory over the Stars on Wednesday. Analysis: After going pointless in his final three games of the regular season, the Ducks have to be happy to see him find the net in the opening game of the playoffs.
News: Matt Beleskey scored a power play goal and nabbed an assist during a 4-3 defeat of the Stars in the opening game of the playoffs on Wednesday. Analysis: Matt Beleskey has had a pretty productive April so far and, if Wednesday's strong performance is any indication, he intends to continue that high level of play into the postseason.
News: Frederik Andersen stopped 32 of 35 shots on goal during a 4-3 victory over the Stars on Wednesday. Analysis: Frederik Andersen's save percentage of .914 was solid for a rookie goalie making his playoff debut. It will be interesting to see how long the Ducks decide to go with him, as he has only started three consecutive games only a few times this season.
News: Ryan Getzlaf was hit in the face by a puck and left with 16.8 seconds left in the third period of a 4-3 win over the Stars in the first game of the playoffs on Wednesday. He scored a goal and notched an assist prior to that. Analysis: We will have to wait for more information before the health of Ryan Getzlaf can be determined. On the plus side, his two points in the first postseason game of the year indicate that he's is carrying the roll that he was on in the regular season into the playoffs.
News: Brandon Sutter scored a game-winning goal against Columbus on Wednesday. Analysis: Suter played well, centering a line with Lee Stempniak and Beau Bennett for much of the night. He was taken down on a breakaway, but no penalty or penalty shot was awarded. Pittsburgh is looking for contributions outside of its top two lines and Brandon Sutter came through in the clutch.